Laser skin resurfacing is a cosmetic procedure available to help correct the harmful effects of the sun in regards to aging, wrinkles, and other facial skin disorders. The treatment is safe and effective and more cost efficient than other skin treatment options.
What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
The process of laser skin resurfacing is to remove the outer layers and imperfections of your skin. When this happens, it helps to stimulate the production of collagen and new skin cells, thus revealing a brighter, younger and healthier complexion.
- Blotchy skin from too much sun exposure
- Acne or acne scars
- Wrinkles and lines from aging
Preparing For Laser Skin Resurfacing
- If you smoke, stop smoking 2 weeks before and after the procedure.
- Stop taking any medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, medications, or other supplements which can affect clotting, 10 days before surgery.
- Tell your doctor if you are prone to fever blisters or cold sores because laser skin resurfacing can trigger these breakouts.
Laser Skin Resurfacing Procedure
Your doctor may treat your skin in areas around the mouth, eyes, forehead and other areas of the face. A small area will be treated with local anesthetic. If your whole face is treated, you may need general anesthesia.
The treatment for a small area can take 30-45 minutes and for the whole face, it can take up to 2 hours.
After the procedure, the area will be bandaged, and need to be cleaned 24 hours later. Additional cleanings need to be performed 4-5 times a day. Petroleum jelly should then be applied to prevent scabs.
Side Effects of Laser Skin Resurfacing
- Stinging and itching 12-72 hours after the procedure
- Swelling in the treated areas
- Skin will be very dry and peel
How Long Does It Take To Recover From Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Depending on the amount of skin areas treated, complete healing can take anywhere from 10-21 days. 5-7 days after surgery is when the skin will get very dry and peel. Once the skin has mostly healed, oil free makeup can be applied. Ultimately, the redness will fade away in 2-3 months.
Because the skin is much lighter after surgery, it is especially important to wear broad spectrum SPF of 30 or higher and to limit your exposure to the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
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